What’s New York without Central Park or Hangzhou without the West Lake? Any city worth its name has a central natural feature that is accessible to all inhabitants. Penang has its Hill. But for how much longer?
INTERNATIONALLY, Penang Hill has little to shout about. It is nowhere near the fame of Huangshan in China or Mt Fuji in Japan. But to Penangites and many Malaysians, it is very precious. As such, it is very painful to read the almost daily critical news about the hill. They include the newly built RM73mil funicular train, the RM3.5mil to RM5mil four-storey car park and proposed lower station roof. Then there are the controversies on who should get the credit or blame for rejecting the proposal to develop the hill into another man-made tourist resort.
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